Natural Gas to Dominate Energy Market in United States?

It looks like all of the sudden natural gas has become one of the hottest energy topics in United States and all of the sudden almost all major energy analysts believe that natural gas will become game changer that could even slow down the future development of renewable energy technologies.

We are talking here about currently one of the cheapest energy options, and its low prices will very likely remain low in years to come, mostly because of the significant technological improvement, with the most noticeable being of course the shale gas extraction.

In light of all this, even US president Obama recently talked about this energy source as one of the obvious energy solutions for United States. Natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel, accounting for significantly less carbon emissions compared to coal, some environmentalists would say the least evil of the fossil fuel triumvirate. This is why many energy experts talk about it as clean energy source though this is not the case because despite emitting significantly less greenhouse gases compared to coal, it can still end up as the major contributor to climate change and global warming.

Natural gas is primarily used for heating, and then for electricity generation. Lately there has been also talk about the natural gas powered vehicles, and we’ll soon see whether this market will become success in years to come. In any case, it looks like this segment of energy market is living its Renaissance in United States, and by the current looks of it, this positive trend will not end any time soon.

Hopefully, this situation will not slow down the development of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal.

Source by Ned Hall

Natural Solutions For Altitude Sickness

We just returned from our wonderful annual jaunt up into the mountains here in Colorado, just a few hours from where we live. We go to Lake City every year for a little R&R. While we were there, we encountered several other vacationers who suffered from altitude sickness, which is not surprising since Lake City has an altitude of over 8,500 feet.

These vacationers were from Florida, and suffered the usual symptoms of altitude sickness, including shortness of breath, headache, dizziness, a little nausea, and general tiredness. These symptoms make for a less-than-pleasant vacation. Luckily, we always carry some natural supplements that help with these symptoms, including Coenzyme Q10 and blue-green algae, and our new friends were able to enjoy the rest of their vacation without further trouble.

What Causes Altitude Sickness?

The obvious causes of altitude sickness, especially for people accustomed to living in lower altitudes, is the “thin air,” or lack of oxygen at higher altitudes. The thin air causes the body to get less oxygen. To make up for this lack, the body compensates by increasing the heart rate and respiration, which helps to a certain extent, but not totally. The lack of oxygen to different parts of the body then causes symptoms like dizziness, headache, sluggishness, and so forth.

Natural Methods for Preventing Altitude Sickness

Taking certain measures while at high altitudes can prevent symptoms. Here are a few that we have found work really well.

– Take CoEnzyme Q10: Coenzyme Q10 plays an important part in cellular energy production, and has been shown to help cells use the available oxygen more efficiently.

– Increase High-Chlorophyll Foods: Foods high in chlorophyll, such as blue-green algae or leafy greens, increases the body’s level of hemoglobin as well as increasing the transport of oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.

– Eat Small Meals Frequently: Digestion takes a lot of energy, which can worsen symptoms. Eating small frequent meals high in complex carbohydrates can prevent feelings of tiredness and nausea.

To prevent altitude sickness, you start following these guidelines a few days before you go into the high country. In addition, you can also try breathing deeply to increase oxygen intake, moving more slowly, and sipping rather than gulping large quantities of water. If all else fails, descend to a lower altitude for a few days until your body adjusts before returning to the higher altitude.

Source by Alan Joel